Specialist training: Defining the standards

Defining the standards

Speakers: Dr Frances Wilson (Principal Researcher, OCR)
Date: 26 Jan 2018 Venue: Cambridge Assessment 9 Hills Road Cambridge England CB2 1PB
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Type: Training event Fee: £70.00

What does it mean to set and maintain the standard for an assessment? Frances Wilson, Principal Researcher at OCR takes a look at this fundamental issue in assessment. 

Frances will examine the key issues involved in setting and maintaining standards, and the different ways in which a standard can be set. She'll explain how expert judgement might be used alongside other (statistical) methods, and consider the role of standard setting in relation to the context and use of an assessment. 

The speaker had a really clear delivery style - refreshingly free from jargon!"

This specialist training event is an ideal refresher if you're already involved in standards and if you want to increase your awareness of the issues involved in maintaining standards. 

If you're new to this area of work, or are looking to move into the field, you'll gain a useful introduction to the different approaches to setting standards and their associated benefits. 

A basic knowledge of statistics will be helpful, but isn't essential.

Course trainer

Frances Wilson specialist trainingDr Frances Wilson completed her PhD in Developmental Psycholinguistics at the University of Edinburgh in 2009, and has taught and conducted research in this area at a number of universities in the US, UK and Germany, working on projects relating to second language acquisition, bilingualism and event perception. 

Frances joined Cambridge Assessment’s Assessment Research and Development unit in 2012. In 2014, she moved to the Research and Technical Standards team, where she is now Principal Researcher. She compiles the OCR Research Programme, and is involved in conducting research on the setting and maintaining of standards for OCR’s qualifications, often working jointly with both JCQ and Ofqual. 

Frances has also published research on technical assessment issues, practical science assessment, and been involved in the development of OCR’s reformed GCSE and A level qualifications.

9 Hills Road Cambridge England CB2 1PB

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